The Havana Seawall Floods After Heavy Flooding From The Sea / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Havana, 23 January 2017 — As it happens each winter just a few
minutes have been enough for the Havana Malecon and its environs to be
flooded by the sea, after the arrival of a strong and extensive
extratropical low in the west of Cuba.
The Forecast Center of the Institute of Meteorology issued its special
Number Three Advisory at noon this Monday to warn of floods along the
northwest coast. Cars and people have been trapped by the sudden arrival
of the waters that with all their force break against the Malecon and
flood important Havana arterials with the peculiar smell of algae.
Strong winds of the Northwest region between 15 and 25 miles per hour,
with gusts that can be “over 35 miles per hour, make many neighbors
worry about the possible collapses of buildings approaching 100 years of
age, which have barely been maintained over the intervening decades.
“I will stay here until [the waters] come down because I’m afraid to
leave when it is like this,” says an elderly person who had arrived this
afternoon at the Presidente Hotel to connect to the internet and talk to
his family in the United States.
Within a few minutes of three in the afternoon the sea began to overlow
the Havana Malecon. Close to 4:00 pm, the water reached G Street and
Linea and some passers-by who tried to arrive at their destination had
to take off their shoes and to turn up their trousers to be able to advance.
This meteorological situation, according to specialists, will begin to
decrease gradually from Tuesday morning, when the winds turn to the
north and diminish in their intensity.
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